I hate to break it to Kim and Kanye, but the word “luxury” is thrown around so much these days that it doesn’t mean jack shit. When a beauty product is called “Luxe” or “Luxury,” I don’t even assume that means it’s fancy anymore because you can buy “luxury bath beads” at the Dollar Store.
It’s a treat then to use a not-so-inexpensive hand cream that markets itself as “Luxe” and actually feel like I’m Donatella Versace luxuriating with her freshly moisturized paws while she rolls around on piles of money. That is an exact summation of how I feel after using the Luxe Care Hand Creme from the monthly nail polish club, Julep. I might have had mixed feelings about Julep’s monthly Maven program, but their decadent hand lotion is hands down (pun intended) the best I’ve ever used. Keep reading »
I know it’s not the most mature makeup pursuit, but I’ve been searching for the perfect soft pink lipstick since I was, oh, 15. It needed to have a creamy texture, a tone that would look fabulous with a tan but wouldn’t wash me out in winter, and the color had to be perfect: not frosted and cheap looking, but still bright and fun. After trying out NARS’ new Villa Lante satin lip pencil from the Final Cut collection, I might have finally found it… Keep reading »
As I mentioned last week, Katie and I recently got the opportunity to meet makeup expert Sonia Kashuk to discuss her new collection of affordable makeup for Target. One of the items that caught my curiosity was the Pearlescence Longwear Crème Shadow. Like many of Sonia’s products we chose to try for Beauty Test Drive, A compact size, this product travels well and my hope was that it would be perfect to carry in my purse for quick touchups between work and happy hour. So, did it live up to my desires? Let’s find out… Keep reading »
Katie and I received the opportunity to meet makeup expert Sonia Kashuk to discuss her new collection for Target. One of the products Sonia was most excited to share was her new Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm. We both decided to test it for this Beauty Test Drive. Keep reading »
Jessica and I are the office powder foundation enthusiasts, so when she received Benefit’s Bigger Than BB Big Easy Liquid-to-Powder foundation she quickly handed me a sample. Let me start by stating, I haven’t worn liquid foundation regularly in over eight years. Just the idea of liquid foundation makes my face scrunch up, but I have to agree with Jessica — I was pleasantly surprised. Keep reading »
The other day, I was talking to my friend Lauren about ethical fashion and being more conscious consumers (because we’re exactly the kind of nerds who can talk about this topic for hours), and she said something that totally resonated with me: “Once you commit to being a more ethical consumer, it spills over into every area of your life.” It’s true: I began this journey by simply trying to cut down on my “fast fashion” purchases, but now I find myself checking labels on everything I buy (hoping to find my favorite phrase, “Made in the USA”) and reading up on all kinds of companies to see if they’re the type of business I want to support. This is not to say that I’ll never buy anything from China ever again, but I’m definitely more discerning these days. If I can scout out an alternative that’s made in the USA and/or in a more sustainable way, I’ll always buy that instead.
Which is why, when I read about S.W. Basics reusable, organic cotton rounds in Real Simple, I bought a pack right away. I’d been using (and throwing away) regular cotton rounds and makeup remover wipes every day for years, so I welcomed this sustainable and reusable alternative. Plus, they’re machine-washable and made in the USA. What’s not to love, right? Read on for my full review! Keep reading »